What you do or do NOT do after an auto accident can have a drastic impact on the compensation you can receive in a personal injury claim. Here are a number of things that you should NOT do after an accident.
- Do NOT leave the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of an accident can lead to a bigger mess of legal issues.
- Do NOT engage in conversation with the other driver about who was at fault.
- Do NOT get angry at, or confront the other driver. Chances are, they already feel bad enough. Also, the situation could easily escalate and make a bad situation worse.
- Do NOT talk to the other driver’s insurance company. REMEMBER! The other driver’s insurance company is NOT on your side. You should assume that they will do everything they can to justify not providing you fair compensation. Assume that any statement that you give the other insurance will be twisted or taken out of context. If the insurance company insists on taking your statement, make sure your attorney is present.
- Do NOT delay getting medical treatment. If you are in pain, get medical treatment right away. Delays in medical treatment can severely impact the amount of compensation you receive.
- Do NOT delay consulting with an attorney that specializes in auto accidents. The right attorney can take away a lot of the indecision, confusion, and frustration involved in the back and forth with the insurance company. Also, an ill-advised misstep in the beginning of the process can adversely and irreparably impact the monetary compensation you receive.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident and feel as though you may be entitled to compensation, contact your attorney. Accidents can be complicated, and an experienced attorney can help to make the process more manageable.
Authored by Scott D. McDonald, Esq.
Scott McDonald is a California native who graduated from Pepperdine Law School in 2008. He has been aggressively litigating cases in Personal Injury and Bankruptcy Law for nearly a decade. Mr. McDonald prides himself in being anything but a “typical” attorney. His unique and very personal approach to practicing law has helped numerous clients obtain their goals and get the legal relief they need.
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